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Manchester Metals closes unexpectedly, nearly 100 unemployed

The company didn't issue a WARN notice, catching many people in town by surprise.

Posted: Apr. 26, 2018 10:18 PM
Updated: Apr. 27, 2018 1:51 PM

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) - Nearly 100 people are unemployed after Manchester Metals closed the foundry after 107 years in business.

The company didn't issue a WARN notice, catching many people in town by surprise.

"I'm feeling bummed out, kind of let down," said Aaron Combs, who was laid off.

Combs said the ways the company handled the closure was disrespectful.

"I understand if business isn't good, it isn't good. But if you're going to turn loose your employees, why don't you give them a little bit of time," he said.

FOX 55 News called Manchester Metals' owners, United Stars, but they haven't retured calls at the time of this report.

North Manchester town manager Adam Penrod said the company closed for "financial issues."

Issues Combs said he didn't see since the company was investing into the plant.

"They were doing a lot of renovations, putting a lot of money into the place, so it kind of made us think they are wanting to try to take it to the top," he said.

Penrod said the town is working with the Northeast Indiana Works to help find the affected workers new jobs.

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